Adalay Pèrez, fourth grader at Wayne Tanaka Elementary in Las Vegas, was
working on her entry for this year’s Free Fishing Day Poster Contest she wanted
to include things that showed how much she loved her home state of Nevada. So
after she drew a nice picture of two people catching fish, she added a desert
bighorn sheep, the state animal of Nevada, and a mountain bluebird, the state
bird of Nevada. “I wanted to represent the state,” she would tell her teacher.
Well now her picture will “represent
the state” as the winner of the 2018 Nevada Free Fishing Day Poster Contest. Her
artwork will be used for NDOW’s Free Fishing Day poster, which is sent to all
of the schools in the state as well as NDOW offices as a reminder about Free
Fishing Day. Her work will also be displayed in the 2018 Nevada Fishing Guide.
Fishing Day will take place on Saturday, June 9. The statewide event allows
anglers to fish any public fishing water in the state without a fishing license
or trout stamp, while all limits and other regulations apply. Visit
www.ndow.org to find out more about Free Fishing Day events taking place
While Pèrez was very excited to find
out she had won, reportedly running outside to tell all of her friends on the
playground, her teacher might have been even more thrilled. “I was so excited I
was jumping up and down,” said Erica Jordan, fourth grade teacher at Tanaka
Elementary. “She is a good student and an incredible artist. She worked very
hard on her picture, so this is very well deserved.”
Jordan was doubly excited when she
learned that another student in her class, fourth grader Anna Karen Villalobos,
had placed third in this year’s contest as well. “I cannot believe that two of
my students placed in the top three in the state,” she said. “I feel so excited
and thrilled to have my students be in the top.
Anna Karen and Adalay are very good girls. This is the perfect award for
Second place in the contest was
claimed by fifth grader Rebekah Fuerniss from Fay Galloway Elementary in
Henderson. Fuerniss and Villalobos will both receive a fishing rod and reel for
placing in the top three. As the winner, Pèrez will receive a framed copy of her
artwork as well as a fishing rod and reel. She and her family will also be
treated to a guided fishing outing.